13 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

13 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

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13 days in Cairns, Brisbane & Gold Coast Itinerary

Start: Cairns
1
Cairns
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Brisbane
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Gold Coast
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Cairns

7
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cairns: Palm Cove (Hartley's Crocodile Adventures & Palm Cove Beach) and Port Douglas (Safaris, Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, & more). Spend the 1st (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, don't miss a visit to Green Island, have fun at Esplanade Lagoon Pool, and identify plant and animal life at Mossman Gorge.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cairns route builder website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Cairns. In June, daytime highs in Cairns are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Mossman Gorge
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Safaris
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

1
night
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
On the 4th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland and then let little ones run wild at South Bank Parklands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, and then try out the rides at Wheel of Brisbane.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Brisbane day trip website .

Fly from Cairns to Brisbane in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cairns in July; daily highs in Brisbane reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Mount Coot-tha Lookout ©
Mount Coot-tha Lookout

2
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Sea World Theme Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Warner Bros. Movie World, get in on the family fun at Infinity Attraction, then enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Climb, and finally take in panoramic vistas at SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gold Coast day trip app .

You can fly from Cairns to Gold Coast in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Cairns in July, expect Gold Coast to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park
Warner Bros. Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World
Surfers Paradise Beach ©
Surfers Paradise Beach

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